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September 2, 2014

Roundup: More Than 30 Brand-New And Coming-Soon Restaurants On The Philadelphia Dining Scene This Fall

Dizengoff Philadelphia

CookNSolo Restaurants, the restaurant group of James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steven Cook, just recently welcomed brand-new eatery Dizengoff to their ever-growing restaurant family. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The advent of autumn brings school days, cooler weather and — inevitably in Philadelphia — a whole new set of delicious new restaurants to add to your must-try list.

With an influx of talent from other cities joining local culinary masters, the dining landscape in the City of Brotherly Love is set to only expand its seemingly endless offerings of edibles.

Recent weeks have seen the debuts of brand-new kitchens from stars of the city’s dining scene like chefs Michael Solomonov and Peter Woolsey, and the coming months will bring hotly anticipated restaurant openings from talented chefs like Marc Vetri, Kevin Sbraga and many, many more.

Here’s what’s cooking in Philly this fall.


Abe Fisher

On the heels of opening laid-back Dizengoff, restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov, owners of CookNSolo Restaurants, debut Abe Fisher, a sophisticated-feeling bar and restaurant inspired by the culinary mixed bag of the foods of the Jewish Diaspora. Located directly next door to Dizengoff and just across the street from Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher completes a trio of dining destinations for CookNSolo on Sansom Street. Rittenhouse, 1623 Sansom Street | MORE INFO


A super-casual restaurant inspired by the hummusiyas of Israel, Dizengoff welcomes diners through a garage-door entry into a bright space. Vivid colors, mirrored walls and a whole load of colorful flyers (sent straight from Tel Aviv) make the 25-seat eatery feel both stylish and easygoing. Rittenhouse, 1625 Sansom Street | MORE INFO

La Peg

Last fall, FringeArts welcomed the public to its brand-new year-round home on the Delaware River waterfront. Now, the final piece of the venue’s development is complete: FringeArts’ destination restaurant La Peg is open. A full-service restaurant and bar from acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Peter Woolsey, all signs point to La Peg delivering wonderful waterfront eating, drinking and general merrymaking in its spacious interior and soon-to-open outdoor beer garden. Delaware River Waterfront, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard | MORE INFO

The Yachtsman

The tiki bar makes a comeback at Fishtown’s The Yachtsman, the latest from Tommy Up of PYT and Phoebe Esmon of Emmanuelle fame. As might be expected, the drinkables include tropical concoctions such as the Caribe Welcome (tequila, apricot liqueur, coconut water and coconut cream, served in a coconut) and the Bird of Paradise Fizz (gin, cream soda, raspberry syrup and orange flower water), with a supporting menu of light snacks to bolster the booze. Fishtown, 1444 Frankford Avenue | MORE INFO

La Peg at FringeArts

A full-service restaurant and bar from acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Peter Woolsey, La Peg at FringeArts is now serving. (Photo by Kevin Monko)

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September 2, 2014

Contest Alert: Win Two VIP Tickets To Feastival, The Blowout Culinary Event And Benefit For FringeArts, Thursday, September 18

Enter to win two VIP tickets to Feastival 2014 and experience culinary treats from more than 75 of Philadelphia’s top chefs and spectacular entertainment from Fringe Festival performers. (Photo by Yoni Nimrod for Feastival)

Heads up, food fans!

We’re giving away two VIP tickets to Feastival, the fabulous benefit for contemporary arts organization FringeArts and the Fringe Festival that gathers more than 75 Philadelphia chefs and live entertainers to raise funds for the city’s cultural economy.

Set for Thursday, September 18 at Penn’s Landing, the blockbuster bash pairs culinary powerhouses Michael Solomonov, Audrey Claire Taichman and Stephen Starr as co-hosts, and features thrilling entertainment courtesy of FringeArts and the 2014 Fringe Festival.

Philly’s top chefs will be there and we’re giving away two tickets to one lucky winner, valued at $350 each.

Simply fill out the form below to enter.

It’s going to be an incredible evening that you won’t want to miss, so remember to return daily to increase your odds of winning!

The contest runs through September 15, 2014 and you may submit one entry per day per email address for the duration of the sweepstakes.

Click here for the official rules.

Feastival 2014
When: Thursday, September 18, 7-10 p.m., VIP begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 1 N. Delaware Avenue, between Market and Chestnut streets
Cost: $250 general, $350 VIP
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September 2, 2014

With Art Philadelphia: Top Picks For September 2014 Art Happenings In And Around Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Look no further than our monthly With Art Picks for your best bets on the local art scene in Philadelphia, including major players like the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts alongside smaller galleries and art organizations. (Photo by Visit Philadelphia)

With so much happening on Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene, we want to make Uwishunu, in conjunction with sister site With Art Philadelphia, your one-stop-shop for all that’s happening with local art.

Every month, we gather our top art picks, featuring exhibits and events at smaller, alternative galleries and art spaces, as well as at the city’s major art institutions.

From golden summers to golden leaves, there’s a wealth of beauty to be had in September.

Let your love of culture shine through with our top picks for arts happenings this month, below.

A Big Stick of Confidence

All the pop culture icons, from toucans to wizards, know that following your nose is the best advice you can pass on. Find out why with a scent-based show by Clare Ursitti at Quorum, the University City Science Center’s clubhouse for entrepreneurs. The exhibition is part psychological experiment, part art installation, all parts surprise. Thursday, September 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Esther Klein Gallery, Quorum at The Science Center, 3711 Market Street | MORE INFO

First Friday! French Cabaret

Experiencing a craving for Paris in the fall? Satisfy it with treats both musical and culinary at the cabaret-inspired First Friday fete at the Barnes. Friday, September 5, The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | MORE INFO

FringeArts Philadelphia Presents Krie Alden

Walk through the show by Krie Alden and it will change along with your movements in real time. See the value in the viewer as an active participant in the arts scene. Opening September 5, Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street | MORE INFO

New Sight

If the onset of fall and winter leaves you fearful of being trapped in the urban jungle, visit the exhibition curated by internationally known artists Sarah McEneaney and Zoe Strauss. Inspired by the transformation of the Reading Viaduct/Rail Park, the artwork creates a sidewalk symphony, a tribute to the city’s innate but sometimes hard-to-spot beauty. A portion of proceeds from sales of the work will go to benefit Friends of the Rail Park, too. Opening September 5, Threenineteen, 319 N. 11th Street | MORE INFO

Artists Unite! Project Fishtown

A team of 50 local artists are breaking their early works out from storage for a one-time opportunity to purchase them at a discounted rate. Proceeds from the event will go towards helping these artists continue to cover the cost of creating. It’s three floors and 8,000 square feet of affordable artwork. September 5-7, The Hatchery, 2628 Martha Street | MORE INFO

Penn Museum

The Penn Museum houses a world-renowned collection of archaeological and anthropological artifacts. (Photo courtesy The Penn Museum)

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September 2, 2014

The College Fest Free-4-All Welcomes Students Back To Philly With Live Music In Rittenhouse Square, Tomorrow, September 3

Concerts in the Park in Rittenhouse Square

Tomorrow, September 3, Philly Weekly welcomes back college students as it presents the College Fest Free-4-All, a free concert in Rittenhouse Square. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

To celebrate the beginning of the school year, Philadelphia Weekly teams up with Xfinity to bring back its popular free summer concert series for one last (and very special) performance this Wednesday, September 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tomorrow, Rittenhouse Square will host the College Fest Free-4-All, a concert that welcomes students from Philadelphia-area universities back to the city.

Students from all area universities — Temple, UPenn, Drexel, University of the Arts and more (!) — are invited to groove to live music from a variety of local musicians. Not a student? No worries, non-students are invited to the concerts, too.

Ali Wadsworth, Damn Right! and DJ Royale kick off the live music. Thee Idea Men headline the show.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the music from afar, or dance with the crowd in front of the stage.

Best of all, tomorrow’s concert is totally free.

Philadelphia Weekly’s College Fest Free-4-All
When: Wednesday, September 3, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Streets
Cost: Free
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September 2, 2014

The Philadelphia Honey Festival Returns For Its 5th Year With Beekeeping Demos, Honey Tastings, Tours, Crafts And More, September 5-7

The annual Philadelphia Honey Festival buzzes back into town in 2014 for three days of bee-centric events, September 5-7. (Image courtesy Philadelphia Honey Festival)

The buzz is building for one of the sweetest festivals of fall as the annual Philadelphia Honey Festival flies through Philly this weekend, September 5-7, now in its fifth year.

Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the Honey Festival includes three days of bee-related activities at three different locations across the city.

Celebrate the hardworking bee with a fun-filled, educational and honey-packed weekend of events at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Wyck Historic House & Garden and Bartram’s Garden.

Take a peek inside a working beehive, learn how to make delicious brews with honey and enjoy family-friendly festivities while learning about the importance of bees in our ecosystem.

On Friday, visit The Wagner Free Institute of Science from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a daylong fete of our pollinating friends featuring open hive viewings, honey extraction demonstrations, a photo exhibit, honey vendors, bee bearding and more. Stick around for Honey Happy Hour at 5 p.m. with mead tastings and honey-infused beer samples from the Philly Home Brew Outlet, Earth Bread + Brewery and Tired Hands Brewing Company.

Come Saturday, head to Wyck Historic House and Garden for family-friendly fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Mead and Honey-Beer Sharing Event, including opportunities for both amateur brewing instruction and brew tastings.

Finally, make the short trip to Bartram’s Gardens on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the garden’s annual plant sale and family discovery day, talks from the experts of the Philadelphia Beekeepers’ Guild and a honey-themed cooking contest.

Those interested in something a bit more potent than honey should snap up tickets to the Bartram’s Bitters Cocktail Party at Bartram’s Gardens on Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a happy hour event with snacks and handcrafted cocktails inspired by Bartram’s Bitters — a new bar product created from a Bartram family recipe by Philadelphia Distilling.

All regular Philadelphia Honey Festival events are free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring along a picnic lunch to any location.

View the complete event calendar online.

2014 Philadelphia Honey Festival
When: September 5-7
Where: Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 West Montgomery Avenue; Wyck Historic House and Garden, 6026 Germantown Avenue; Bartram’s Gardens, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost: Free
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September 2, 2014

Learn To Cook Like A Pro During Classes In Chef Marc Vetri’s Brand New Demonstration Kitchen Above His Eponymous Restaurant


Now, aspiring cooks can experience Vetri in a whole new way — as a student. (Photo courtesy Vetri Restaurants)

If you haven’t been to Vetri yet, now’s the time. And if you have — it’s time to go back to experience the restaurant in a whole new way.

This renowned Washington Square West fine-dining spot recently renovated its second floor, and the results are simply stunning.

On one side of the stairs, an elegant yet intimate dining room can be reserved for private events. A few feet away, a state-of-the-art demo kitchen is exactly what home cooks wish could be their very own.

And now it can be — at least for a few hours at a time. Vetri’s new slate of cooking classes and demonstrations invites members of the public to learn the craft from some of the finest chefs in the city.

Think Risotto with Chef Adam Leonti. Or homestyle Italian cooking (aka Cucina Casalinga) with Chef Brad Spence. There’s even a Sunday Supper session with Chef/Restauranteur Marc Vetri and his dad, Sal.

Each event is limited to just ten participants, creating a friendly, cozy vibe in the kitchen. Prices range from $175 to $300 per person depending on the class and instructor. Considering that Vetri’s regular prix fixe dinner costs $155 a head, the experience seems well worth the premium if you can swing it.

The September schedule is currently live online, and October will be available soon. With such a small class size, seats sell out quickly. Reserve your spot a.s.a.p.

Cooking Classes and Demonstrations at Vetri
When: Ongoing
Where: 1312 Spruce Street
Cost: $175-$300 per person
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September 1, 2014

Photo Of The Day: Enjoy The Labor Day Holiday, Philadelphia!

Philadelphia Skyline

Enjoy the holiday, folks. All around the city, attractions, restaurants and public spaces welcome seekers of leisure. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

We sure hope you are enjoying your Labor Day, Philadelphia!

Today’s holiday gives thanks to those who work hard all year, so it’s an opportunity to take full advantage of an extra day off by getting out in the city and enjoying alfresco activities, leisurely dining and urban attractions.

We here at Uwishunu are taking advantage of the national holiday, too, and resting up to bring you a full slate of fantastic coverage of the tons of awesome fall events, restaurant openings, exhibition debuts and more.

But, we wouldn’t leave you without tons of ideas on how to spend your holiday.

We’ve compiled a list of Labor Day weekend happenings perfect for a variety of interests — whether you’re looking for family-friendly or culturally stimulating, there’s an idea for you.

Plus, our ever-reliable Weekend Picks are extended to include today, too.

Have a relaxing and safe Labor Day!

Labor Day Weekend In Philadelphia

Check out our picks for how to spend the Labor Day holiday in Philadelphia. MORE INFO

Weekend Picks, Long-Weekend Edition

Our weekly roundup of top weekend happenings in Philly. MORE INFO

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August 29, 2014

Long Weekend Picks, Labor Day Weekend Edition: Made In America, Visit Philly Beer Garden Series At Morgan’s Pier, Free Movie Screenings, Closing Weekend Of Gehry At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art And More

Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia means extended museum hours, barbecues, epic summer festivals, beer gardens and more. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia means extended museum hours, barbecues, epic summer festivals, beer gardens and more. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is already here, but before the summer season winds down, a ton of events fill venues across Philadelphia for one last hurrah.

Check out our guide to the events and exhibitions of Labor Day weekend.

The Visit Philly Beer Garden series ends tonight, August 29 at Morgan’s Pier. Come hang alfresco and take advantage of a $4 beer special, free giveaways and awesome waterfront views.

The epic music festival, Made in America, rocks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for two full days — August 30 and 31 — with musical acts including Kanye West, Tiesto, Pharrell and Kings of Leon. Check out our guide to the festival.

We’ll be ducking out a little early today to celebrate the holiday weekend, but we’ll see you right here next week!

Read on for our guide to the holiday weekend, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates as they happen.

Friday, August 29

Top Pick: Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Morgan’s Pier

Top Pick: Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing

Top Pick: Free Screening of Big in Japan at Liberty Land Park

Top Pick: Free Cold Brew Iced Coffee From Saxbys Coffee & Visit Philadelphia

Top Pick: Free Screening of Despicable Me 2 at Hawthorne Park

Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation

Intimate Exchanges at the Arcadia Stage at Arden Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Trestle Inn’s Go Go on the Block

Finally Friday in Mt. Airy

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Making Time Presents Dave P. and Sammy Slice at Morgan’s Pier

Philly Made

Brewer of the Month at Red Owl Tavern

Budweiser Clydesdales in Downtown West Chester

WetLand at Penn’s Landing (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Yoga and Live Music at the Independence Seaport Museum

Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield and Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

$2 Summer Happy Hour at North Bowl

Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Made in America Philadelphia

The Made in America Music Festival will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with continuous musical entertainment for two full days, August 30-31. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, August 30

Top Pick: Made in America (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: 40th Street Summer Series Presents Nation Beat and The Highwater Preachers

Top Pick: Fireworks & Fountains at Longwood Gardens

Top Pick: Stooges Brass Band Concert at City Tap House

Cannstatter 142 Annual Volksfest (Sat, Sun, Mon)

Free Yoga at the Schuylkill Banks

Late-Night Burger, Bourbon and Beer Special at The Fat Ham (Fri, Sat)

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August 29, 2014

Reminder: It’s The Final Week Of The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series! Come Out To Morgan’s Pier Today, Friday, August 29 For A Great Start To Labor Day Weekend

Morgan's Pier in Philadelphia

Kicking off Labor Day weekend, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series makes its final stop of the summer at Morgan’s Pier today at 4 p.m. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s been a brilliant summer of beer gardens, Philadelphia.

This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer season — Labor Day weekend — and the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, too, wraps up its season of pop-up happy hours at beer gardens all around town.

The 12-week run of celebrating the start of the weekend every Friday at a Philadelphia beer garden — both the latest and greatest and tried and true — has been truly awesome. If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from the series, it’s that you guys really love your beer gardens.

And so, we’ve loved supporting Philadelphia’s amazing, ever-growing beer garden scene.

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series Wraps

Today, Friday, August 29, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series returns to Morgan’s Pier — right where it all began in June! — for one last day of sun-soaked good times.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Morgan’s Pier hosts the Visit Philly Beer Garden happy hour on the Delaware River waterfront to kickstart the weekend with deals on food and local craft beer, as well freebies from the Visit Philly team.

Throughout happy hour, Yards Brewing Company’s Philadelphia Pale Ale pints will be $4 a piece, and Morgan’s Pier chef Dave Gilberg will dish Philadelphia Pale Ale-braised chicken empanadas. A pint and a pocket? That’s a perfect summer pairing.

Beyond the brews, look for the Visit Philly team on-site with sweet summer swag like free pint glasses and sunglasses. Plus, those who come out will have the chance to enter for the chance to score a gift card to the Yards Brewing Company Tasting Room on Delaware Avenue.

Shout that you’re coming by RSVPing via Facebook right here.

Let’s start Labor Day Weekend right — at a beer garden, of course.

Morgan's Pier

The best weekends begin at a beer garden, so spend some time at the waterfront beer garden, Morgan’s Pier, this Friday to help wrap up the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 28, 2014

Opening Alert: Michael Solomonov And Steven Cook Debut Abe Fisher On Sansom Street This Tuesday, September 2

Abe Fisher

CookNSolo Restaurants, the restaurant group of James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steven Cook, welcome brand-new eatery Abe Fisher to their ever-growing restaurant family.(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The elements of Jewish cuisine are nothing if not varied. To some, Jewish food means matzo ball soup and latkes; to others, though, traditional fare also includes smoked meats, cured fish and even Chinese fried rice.

These diverse flavors are all legit at Abe Fisher, the brand-new restaurant from CookNSolo Restaurants inspired by the culinary mixed bag of the foods of the Jewish Diaspora.

Two of Philadelphia’s masters of unconventional culinary offerings, restaurateurs Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov throw open the doors to their latest eatery on the heels of opening its next-door sister — Dizengoff, the super-casual restaurant inspired by the hummusiyas of Israel.

The brains behind these spots, as well as Federal Donuts, Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue and the still-to-come Rooster Soup Co., have had a busy summer and we can’t wait to reap the rewards of their labors.

On track to open on Tuesday, September 2 at 5 p.m., reservations are already available for dinner nightly (and Center City Restaurant Week) online.

Read on for an overview of what to expect when you visit Abe Fisher for dinner in the coming weeks.

The Layout

Located directly next door to Dizengoff and just across the street from Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher completes a trio of dining destinations for CookNSolo on Sansom Street.

Designed by Boxwood Architects, the 1,500-square-foot space feels both polished and familiar with lots of woodwork, marble and custom steel, as well as slick black-and-white marble floors — reminiscent of a classic Jewish deli — and smooth green leather chairs, stools and banquettes that seem to invite diners to sink in and stay awhile.

At just 50 seats, with another 10 at the bar and two at the chef’s counter (for walk-ins only), Abe Fisher is intimate, too, and most diners can dig in to a meal in full view of the open kitchen, where chefs Michael Solomonov and Yehuda Sichel, a longtime Zahav man, prepare a whole feast of creative cuisine.

Scheduled to open this Tuesday, September 2, Abe Fisher will serve dinner nightly thereafter. Make reservations online soon — we expect Abe Fisher to attract dining crowds en masse.

Abe Fisher

One of the veggie offerings, the borscht tartare at Abe Fisher accompanied by trout roe, sour cream & onion potato chips, hard-cooked egg. (Photo courtesy CookNSolo Restaurants)

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